Books/ Dessert/ Dinner

So The Girl Reads

Oh man, what a DAY!!!!! I have been go-go-go all day long and its only 8:20 and I’m about to completely crash. First there was 1.5 hours of yoga, then I walked Mikan for 25 minutes along the water and then I unpacked and cleaned my room for 4 HOURS!!!!!!

(get ready to gag) Eeeewwwww messy room!!!!!


I had 6 years of boxes and crap piled up in the closet and it was quite the sweat busting experience. Whoever said cleaning wasn’t a workout obviously didn’t unpack and shelve all these books:


Ahhh beloved books! They have been packed away and stored for the past 6 years and today I unpacked them all and had to stack them up on my dresser because that was the only place they would all fit! I had to stack up to the ceiling to make them all work there and even though its totally messy, I sort of like having them ALL there near to me. Call me crazy, but I like sleeping with hundreds of books within a two foot radius. My books are my life! It took about 2 solid hours to unpack, climb up to the ceiling and get them all neatly up there but I feel so much better now!

I did take a quick snack break though—


A combo of greek yogurt (the same kind as I had yesterday but this one was plain) with about a fourth of a cup of muesli and topped with some raspberry preserves.

I continued to unpack until about 5:30 when I jumped in the shower to get ready for dinner. My mom made a delicious meal of marinated and grilled teriyaki kobe beef kabobs with risotto and a salad. I also had a glass of merlot with my meal. Obvi 😉


Cleaning must have worked up my appetite because I definitely cleaned my plate! :). After dinner Ryan and I went to Delite to get some froyo and I got a medium sized cup of candy cane with chocolate mint on top:


It was good but not great. I ate about 75% then had a few large spoonfuls of my mom’s vanilla with hot fudge and pecans 😉

Ryan and I hung out with the parents for a little while and watched some football and then he just left and I’m about to get in the bath then go to bed to read. Unpacking all my books was a great activity because I found a few I wanted to re-read!


And the book that got me hooked into yoga about 8 years ago—


Its such a beautiful book, honestly. I just love to flip the pages. I highly recommend this if you are just starting to get interested in the practice and want to learn more about it. Christy is amazing!

Have a great evening, folks. We can officially start the Christmas countdown!! =)

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  • Anna
    December 21, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Busy day! The last time I moved, I decided to buy a house — so I would have to stay put and could stop lugging boxes of books up and down stairs!

  • Julie
    December 21, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    I loved Julie and Julia! And, I noticed Ahab’s Wife in your stacks – one of my all-time favorites! Lovely! I may have to check out that yoga book – thanks for the recommendation!

  • polly
    December 21, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    what a great day, girl! I totally want that yoga book now for Christmas. 😉 Have a wonderful monday… the countdown is on!

  • Kailey
    December 21, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    wow thats a ton of books!!
    Im sorry the peppermint froyo wasn’t amazing, it does look tempting though!

  • Victoria
    December 21, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Wow. I lvoe all the books. My husband and I have so many bookshelves around our house, I tend to view the books like decorations. They’re like the “theme” of the room or whatever. I LOVE Julie & Julia. SO worth re-reading.

  • VeggieGirl
    December 21, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Lovin’ all the great books!! And the Care Bear, of course 😀

  • Katie
    December 21, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I recognized about half of those books from my very own bookshelf! I heard a rumor that “Julie & Julia” is going to be a movie…

  • Shelby
    December 21, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for the yoga book recommendation, it sounds interesting.

    Love the snack combo.

  • Jenna
    December 21, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    i’ve been wanting to read julie and julia!!! Thanks. Your dinner looks super good.

  • rebecca
    December 21, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I love reading too!!! Your books look like heaven to me right now!

  • Kristina
    December 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    LOVE all the books! I also have a passion for reading. 🙂

  • Sharon
    December 21, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Hahhaha, that is awesome – soooo many books!!

  • Bridget
    December 21, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Wow! I want to come visit your room and read all of those books!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 21, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Candy Cane with chocolate mint – good but not great? Too bad, sounded like a winning combo. Glad your happy and surrounded by all your books 🙂

  • Mel
    December 21, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Wow that is a ton of books and I saw a few of my favorites in there! You have great taste in books! Now I want to go out and buy a whole bunch of new ones!

  • gina (fitnessista)
    December 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    so many of my favorite books on your shelf! and your madre is an amazing cook.. she always whips up such amazing and healthy meals! i can see where you get it from 😀
    we’re already planning an end-of-january orlando trip for the seasons 52 5k! you down? we can celebrate with whole foods hot bar meals 😀

  • carolinebee
    December 21, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    AH im in love with your book collection…I’m reading Skeletons at the Feast right now?? You talked about it a while ago and I recently spotted it at the Libs- it’s soo good! I loovee historical fiction, keep the great recommendations coming :D!

  • Pumpkin (Chef Erin)
    December 22, 2008 at 1:29 am

    I loved Julie and Julia! It was such a fun book!

  • Beadie
    December 22, 2008 at 5:58 am

    Aw! I love your Care Bear!!!

    Thanks for the tip on the yoga book, I have been looking into reading more about yoga now that I have been practicing for about a year now. Yoga really changed my life and I really crave to know more.

  • Sarah M
    December 22, 2008 at 7:24 am

    Hey Jenna,

    Since you mentionned you may be making some changes to the blog, how about adding a book recommendations page with a list of all your favorites? I know you often mention what you are reading and what you have loved in the past but it would be awesome to have them all in one place.

    Happy Holidays 🙂


  • K
    December 22, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Ah you busy girl! Hope you got some rest last night!!

  • ErinE
    December 22, 2008 at 8:03 am

    wow you have a lot of books! I love reading too!

  • kat
    December 22, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Julie & Julia is being made into a movie. The story will be combined with a biography about Julia Child, My Life in France (one of my most favorite books ever, about Julia learning how to cook and the creation of Mastering the Art of French Cooking). I think it is due for release in April and I am pretty sure Meryl Streep is playing Julia and Amy Adams is playing Julie.

  • Elina (Healthy and Sane)
    December 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Cool book stack!
    Thanks for the book recommendation! I am totally starting to feel like I need to add yoga into my life… maybe this book will ignite the fire 🙂

  • elise
    December 23, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    i recognize a bunch of my own faves in that stack…are you on by any chance? im always looking for recs. i heart reading (almost as much as food)…